WEST LAFAYETTE – A couple of spring breaks ago, Purdue President Mitch Daniels took advantage of a quiet time near campus to grab a cheeseburger at Harry’s Chocolate Shop, the iconic campus bar in the West Lafayette Village.
On the way out, Daniels stopped at two tables of parents getting a bite and a beer with sons who were upperclassmen at Purdue. In each case, after small talk about majors and plans for after graduation, as well as a few selfies, the conversation turned to finances. In both cases, parents thanked Daniels for not raising tuition during his time as president – and during their students’ time in West Lafayette.
“That happens quite a bit,” Daniels said on the way out the door.
A tuition freeze intended to be a one-time statement during the former Indiana governor’s first year at Purdue has turned into Daniels’ calling card.
On Thursday, Daniels intends to announce that Purdue’s tuition freeze will extend a seventh consecutive year, stretching into the 2019-20 school year. Purdue a year ago announced a freeze for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. A seventh year also would cover the final year of Daniels’ current contract, which runs through June 30, 2020.
“That’s not the reason, but that’s accurate,” Daniels told the J&C.